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images 2Located directly to the west of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone you will find Fluvial Vallarta, a large residential and light commercial development that is bringing smart urban planning and green space conservation to Puerto Vallarta.

Offering paved and flat streets, underground wiring, and controlled building codes, Fluvial Vallarta is a Mexican contemporary neighborhood. Beautifully landscaped parks, running trails and proximity to major shopping areas as well as some of the best private schools and hospitals in Puerto Vallarta are just some of the reasons that Fluvial has become a popular choice for professionals and families.

Intelligent community planning means that Fluvial has all the services that residents find desirable like restaurants, small retailers, pharmacies and services but that nightclub and industrial permits will not be granted in the neighborhood. The one large retailer in the area, Costco, is popular with residents from all over Banderas Bay and has a well-landscaped parking area, shaded by large trees and flowering plants, in keeping with Fluvial Vallarta design.

With an ideal location halfway between the Vallarta Marina district and the charming downtown and Old Town of Puerto Vallarta, public beach access less than one kilometer away and direct access to the city’s two major thoroughfares, Francisco Villa and Francisco Medina avenues, its easy to understand why the area is so popular with local doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs as well as foreign residents


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Bill Gates has triggered a wave of investments in a remote region of Mexico called Punta Mita, which is known for its iconic beaches, watersports and charming towns.

In 2014, Cascade Investment, Bill Gates’ private investment firm, bought about 48 acres of land and the Four Seasons Hotel in Punta Mita for $200 million. Other wealthy investors, particularly from the United States, Canada and Mexico, followed suit.

“Bill Gates buying land in the area has had a real impact,” Aaron Fisher, the sales director at Punta Sayulita, one of the developments in the Riviera told The New York Times. “We needed high-end clients and now they’re coming.”

In the past 18 months, property values in Punta Mita have increased 5 percent and those of the Four Seasons Hotel have increased by 12 percent, Brendan Wood, the sales and marketing director of Punta Mita Properties, told the Times.

The Riviera Nayarit, the area that includes Punta Mita, has historically attracted watersport enthusiasts, particularly due to its proximity to the surfer town of Sayulita, a bohemian town home to American and European expats.

“Residents can work from here, send their kids to the local international school and walk to town for the restaurants, bars and shopping,” Fisher said. “You can even paddleboard across the bay.”

Yet, with Bill Gates’ purchase, the region has witnessed a rise in investment from more upscale customers, particularly those from the tech, finance, and media industries.

The average age of buyers has also decreased, down to 30 or 40, from over 50.

One and two-bedroom homes in the Riviera Nayarit range from $130,000 to $250,000 and large villas cost over $800,000, while in Punta Mita, in particular, two-bedroom apartments cost over $345,000 and ocean-view villas cost more than $10 million.

Although foreigners cannot directly own property in Mexico, international investors can buy properties via a “fideicomiso,” meaning that the property is owned by a trust in a bank.

According to Wood, watersports are now an important driver for demand in the region, as opposed to golf, which dominated the market in the past.

The Punta Mita project was originally designed by Mexican developer “Dine” 15 years ago when they bought about 1,500 acres to develop a luxury resort with two golf courses, residences, hotels, and restaurants.

Today, most of the resort is sold out and plans for further construction are underway.

The Riviera Nayarit’s proximity to Puerto Vallarta and its recently expanded international airport has also boosted investment in the region.

Gates has not revealed what he plans to do with his investments so far.






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A female Mexican bullfighter was gored twice on Sunday, suffering cuts to her leg, during an event at Mexico City's Plaza Mexico.

Karla de los Angeles suffered long gashes to her thigh and gluteal muscles from a bull called Gamusino, a 1,090lb animal that gored several others on Sunday.

Video from the event shows both of the gorings. The first sees the bull toss de los Angeles into the air and bounce her body a few times on its horns before she drops to the ground. The screams from the crowd are deafening. De los Angeles can be seen clutching her back and wincing, although she recovers from the ordeal and returns once more to the ring.


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Puerto Vallarta Jal.- Banks and the Mexican Stock Market (BMV) will remain closed next Monday, March 16, due to the long weekend commemorating the birth of Benito Juarez; they will reopen Tuesday at their regular hours.

The Mexican Banks Association explained that, even though it is a holiday, institutions offering their services in Commercial Centers and supermarkets, will be open to the public at their regular schedule.

They also reminded the public that Banks have telephone and Internet services, as well as 41,000 ATM’s available to their clients the 365 days of the year.

Transparency and Legislation of Financial Services Law establishes that, when the deadline of a payment falls in a nonworking day, the payment should be made the on next working day.

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  • Julia Pastrana had a condition that left her entire body covered in hair
  • She was exploited in traveling exhibitions throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada before and after her death
  • Her body ended up in a storage room at the University of Oslo and now a New York-based artist has fought to have it returned to Mexico

uglyLaid to rest: Julia Pastrana, billed as the 'world's ugliest woman' in the 19th century, will finally be buried in Mexico, 153 years after her death

A woman branded the 'ugliest woman in the world' after a rare disease left her body covered in hair has finally returned to her birthplace in Mexico for a proper burial - 153 years after her death.

Julia Pastrana was exploited as part of a traveling exhibition through Europe until she died from complications of childbirth in 1860. Even after her death, her body was exhibited across the world.

It eventually ended up in a storage room at an Oslo research institute, and after learning of the body's whereabouts, visual artist Laura Anderson Barbata campaigned to have it returned to Mexico.

'I felt she deserved the right to regain her dignity and her place in history, and in the world's memory,' Barbata, who learned Pastrana's story while working on a play about her life, told the New York Times.

'I hoped to help change her position as a victim to one where she can be seen in her entirety and complexity.'

Barbata, who lives in New York but hails from Mexico City, eventually won her decade-long battle and on Tuesday, Pastrana's body will finally be buried in Sinaloa de Leyva.

Pastrana was born in Mexico in 1834 and suffered from congenital terminal hypertrichosis, which left her face and body covered in thick hair.

She also suffered from gingival hyperplasia, which made her lips and gums thick. She was not diagnosed with either condition in her lifetime.

In 1854, she was bought by a Mexican customs administrator and he began exhibiting her through the U.S. and Canada. While in New York, she married Theodore Lent, who became her manager.

Historians believe that while she was in love with Lent, he only married her to control her earnings, the New York Times reported.

Lent toured his wife, whom he called a 'bear woman', through Europe. Critics called her 'revolting in the extreme' and doctors said she was ugly1the result a human mating with an 'Orang Outang'.

But she is also documented in 19th century history books as having an affinity for singing, music, dancing and languages, as well as great generosity to local charities.

In 1859, she fell pregnant and her son inherited her hypertrichosis and died 35 hours after his birth. Pastrana died from complications of the birth five days later - aged just 26.

But the death did not stop Lent, and he began exhibiting his wife and son's embalmed bodies propped up a in glass cabinet.

Exploited: Pastrana, who was born with a rare disease that left her body covered with hair, was advertised as a 'bear woman' as she toured Europe with her husband and manager Theodore Lent


Julia Pastrana suffered from congenital terminal hypertrichosis, which left her face and body covered in an abnormal amount of thick hair. This form of extreme hair growth is most responsible for the term 'werewolf syndrome'.

There is no cure for any congenital forms of hypertrichosis, and an affected female has a 50 per cent change of passing it to her offspring - as Julia did to her son.

This type of hypertrichosis is usually accompanied by gingival hyperplasia, which makes the person's lips and gums thicker due to an overgrowth of gum tissue. Julia also suffered from this.

She was not diagnosed with either condition in her lifetime.

He later married a bearded woman in Mexico and billed her as Pastrana's sister 'Zenora Pastrana'.

After his death in a Russian mental institution in 1884, the bodies continued to be featured at exhibitions until thieves broke into a warehouse owned by a fairground in Norway in 1976 and stole them.

The remains were later found by police in a trash bin; Pastrana's arm had been dismembered and her son's body could not be salvaged.

In 1996, her body was taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Oslo, where she was placed in storage.

'By ending up as part of a collection in a basement, she lost any trace of dignity,' Barbata said. 'My ultimate dream goal was that she should go back to Mexico and be buried.'

Barbata learned of Padtrana's sad resting place while designing costumes for a play her sister, Kathleen Anderson Culebro, produced in Texas: The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World.

In 2005, she began petitioning the University of Oslo to return the body to Mexico, and in 2008, she made her case to Norway’s National Committee for the Evaluation of Research on Human Remains.

On show: Even after her death from childbirth, Pastrana was embalmed and exhibited next to her dead son

Help: Her body has now returned to Mexico after a decade-long campaign by New York-based artist Laura Anderson Barbata (pictured second left)

In June last year, they agreed 'it seems quite unlikely that Julia Pastrana would have wanted her body to remain a specimen in an anatomical collection'.

The current governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, then joined the cause last year, and the Mexican ambassador to Norway, Martha Bárcena Coqui, offered to work with the university.

ugly2The institute agreed to start the process transferring the body to Mexican custody last August, and last week, Barbata confirmed Pastrana's identity before her coffin was sealed.

During the check, she saw that bolts remained in Pastrana's feet, and they were removed.

Pastrana will be buried on Tuesday in a cemetery in Sinaloa de Leyva, near to her birthplace.

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clean-up-cabo"Should I Visit Cabo After Hurricane Odile?"

This is a question we have been asked many times this week. There are understandably a lot of tourists with vacations booked to Cabo in the coming months who are wondering what the progress is after Hurricane Odile struck on 14th September. People are wondering if they should travel and what will the there for them if they do come to Cabo. Lets look at some of the general progress that we have seen this week.

Clean Up
There has been an incredible response from many in Baja offering to help with with the recover and clean up of the main tourist areas. Los Cabos relies heavily on tourism of course and there is a universal desire here to get things back to normal as quickly as possible for those looking to visit. There are International Organizations actively in place looking for paid volunteers (men and women) to help speed up Cabo's recover. Elsewhere, people are literally queuing up to help.

Our own Brian Florky reported, "Went to Walmart today and there was a MASSIVE line of people. Almost turned around and went home but instead asked a soldier what was going on. He told us that people were lined up to get a job cleaning up the beach. So fantastic to see so many people getting to work. There was a lot of damage but it was amazing to see how much has been cleaned up and how MANY people were out working, piling up garbage, sweeping the streets and smiling, not to mention the thousands of CFE workers everywhere putting up power poles and fixing power lines. Then there are the thousands of soldiers and federal police that have done such an amazing job. Cabo is going to be back in business so much faster than anyone could have imagined. So if you really want to help, come visit. Come spend your tourist dollars in this beautiful place where so many incredible people are working so hard to get it ready for you. Viva Cabo!".



Power has been restored now to much of the region (around 50%), and the heroic CFE workers are bringing more and more light to the evening skies every day. Phones lines and internet access has returned. Water supplies are currently at around 45& look set to be fully restored at some stage this week following tests at the desalination plant.



Continuing Relief & Support
It's not all good news of course, there are many people in Baja who continue to need help. Whilst we know that the more recognisable tourist areas in Baja will be back to full glory as soon as possible, things are quite different in the parts of Baja that tourists don't see so often (every big city has its poorer regions and Cabo is no different). Thankfully, some relief is also now reaching these areas, where people are very much in need. Many homes were mercilessly trashed by Hurricane Odile and people have been living in truly desperate conditions with very little support. This week, volunteers & US humanitarian relief workers from "Thirst No More" visited the barrios "LA Ballena" with much needed water supplies and setting up temporary shelters. One volunteer said yesterday "Tomorrow we are heading to more affected areas. So sad what we have been seeing in these neighborhoods. For most of them [it is the 1st time they are getting help." Get more information on exactly what Thirst No More are doing in Cabo and how you can help.

The Red Cross, also doing some fantastic work too, they stated on their website on September 19, "The storm has left more than 80 percent of the population in Los Cabos and La Paz without electrical power, damaged roadways and closed ports. The Mexican Red Cross has opened collection centers in several states to help those affected and sent the first shipment of 2,000 food parcels to the city of Los Cabos to support people impacted by the storm.

There are about 500 disaster workers who have come from all over Mexico to help. The volunteers, 120 of whom are paramedics, are providing basic medical check-ups and delivering food to people housed in shelters.

The members of the Mexican Red Cross participating in the response are specialists in collapsed structures, damage evaluations, pre-hospital care, logistics support in shelters and collection centers. The Mexican Red Cross is working closely with federal authorities, Civil Protection, the Governors Secretariat, the Mexican Marines and Army, to deliver the aid to the people affected as quickly as possible."

Here they are in action…

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We reported earlier this week that the airport authorities are aiming to be open to Commercial flights again after October 8th onwards at Los Cabos International Airport. From the information that we have, this doesn't mean that all flights will be running as normal after that date. Each airline will set their own schedule for when they will restart operations into Los Cabos International. We know that La Paz and Loreto airport are both fully operational.


Hotels, Food, Drink and Fishing
Food and cold drinks are already being served to the highest standard again down by the Marina. Fishing charters are already back at work and their boats and crews are ready for business (read this statement from Pisces Sportfishing).

Of course repair work will continue throughout October but many businesses are either already open or are aiming to be by 1st October. If you are due to come to Cabo, we recommend that you to check with your resort and operators and so long as you can travel we urge you to come visit. Even now, as the work continues Cabo has some of the finest beaches, swimming pools, bars and restaurants that you will ever experience.

The overall message is, if you want to help, come to Cabo!


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El Tigre Club, have the pleasure to share the joy with you and, proudly presents, our new FAMILY.
3 beautiful Bengal tigers, they were born on FRIDAY June the 30th. Tomorrow they will be 3 weeks old.

They are very healthy and gorgeous as you can see, the mother is fine and the 2 girls and the one boy are just getting bigger and stronger every single day.
These cups are number 37,38 & 39 born here at the Paradise Village Group, part of the successful program that we have with the Bengal tigers, and their names are;
Girls.......................Princess & Joy.

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PV, Mating Hub of the World.

9 Felines Born at Local Zoo Recently

by Eduardo Rincón-Gallardo

No doubt Vallarta has seen many different species come to mate in the bay area.

Just 30 days ago Güera (spanish for blonde), a female white bengal tiger, and Adam, a yellowish bengal tiger (zookeeper calls the subspecies Bengala Tamizado), gave birth to a litter of three baby bengal tigers, Brizza, K-in and Heydi; two tamizados and one white.

Both white and tamizado are bengal tigers. Tamizados, which stands for filtered or sieved, seem to have stripes only on the forward part of their bodies. White bengal tigers are also a subspecies of bengal tigers and they have blue eyes, whereas albino tigers have red eyes. Other tigers such as Sumatran, Indochina, South China and Siberian are different subspecies and show different stripe patterns, size, and colors.

82 days ago Tigre Toño and Toña bengal tigers gave birth to another litter of three, Boss, Sasha and Mudo.

84 days ago Pancho Lion and Hillary Lioness gave birth to two cubs, Bizcocho and Pingüino (Biscuit and Penguin).

But, most spectacular of all, 75 days ago a baby female Jaguar was born!

Her name is Lucy and she is a hurricane of a pussycat. The zookeeper Martín Castañeda and the Vet Xóchitl Nicté Há (flower and Mayan Princess, in náhuatl and mayan) say she is a very loving creature. What I saw of her is that she was quite hard to handle and has left lots of painful lovemarks on both of them. What do I know? Love has its ways.

When left alone, the bengal cubs were all over Lucy Jaguar, and she just let them lick and kiss and caress her - they seemed to just adore her!

It was quite a scene to watch species from such distant geographical origins get along so well; the jaguar is a local cat that inhabits the Sierra del Cuale, south of Puerto Vallarta; and the Sierra de Vallejo, north of Nuevo Vallarta. Both mountain ranges frame the Bay and the Valley of Banderas and it comes natural to celebrate the birth and survival of each and everyone of this species. Being at the very top of the food chain, every individual living in the wild speaks volumes of the health of our surrounding environment.

To get to the zoo take the road south of Vallarta, when you reach Mismaloya Beach (about 10 miles from Vallarta) make a left turn on the dirt road towards the mountain, cross the town of Mismaloya and continue for five minutes in the direction of Eden. The zoo opens at 10 a.m., for more information visit www.zoologicodevallarta.com or dial 228 0501, 228 0955 or 228 0957.

Picture, the baby jaguar at the zoo.

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Computer programmers and hackers at this year’s Campus Party Mexico broke a Guinness record, and in the process came up with 265 proposals to combat poverty.


The week-long, annual event in Zapopan, Jalisco, which wrapped up yesterday, was the sight of a hackathon, where Campus Party’s 20,000 participants engaged in a collaborative programming effort to create projects to fight poverty.


Not only was a Guinness record at stake but a 1-million-peso first prize, which went to a team from Guanajuato called Brainiacs. The winning proposal was called Nodi, a free, text-based communications service intended to overcome connectivity shortcomings in remote communities.

By the end of the event, participating teams had created 265 viable proposals, beating the previous record of 250 to get the Guinness win.

The Brainiacs team will also receive some expert advice in the set-up and operation of their budding new company.

“We had been raising funds for a year but [money] was running out. It was then that we decided to risk it all at the Campus Party,” explained team leader Javier Dávila.

The Brainiacs team had been engaged in designing internet-connected sensors and was just a step away from figuring out how to apply their knowledge to help combat poverty.

The result was a cheap and easy-to-use service based on viper text, whose strongest point, said Dávila, “is that it’s based on a free frequency . . . we’re saving in connectivity. [The device] can also have a solar panel on its back, enabling communication and education for the people.”

The device has possibilities in health, education, public safety, communications, financial inclusion and environmental protection, among many other activities that promote employment and income generation.

The prize money represents the first step for the programmers because “in the hardware industry it’s a small amount . . . we can spend up to 300,000 pesos just in initial prototypes. It’s not a lot but it’ll help us take off.”

Next year’s Campus Party is expected to draw 25,000 programmers, and the promoters hope to end up with as many as 600 viable project

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a2 2The objective of this program is that children and young people actively involved in creating, developing and carrying out their rights

For children and young people understand and enforce their rights, the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta, chaired by Magaly Ortiz Fregoso, invites children and youth of the town to join the program DIFusores Children.

The DIFusores Children program aims to promote and disseminate the Convention rights for children and adolescents, is why the body care visit various educational institutions to report to children about their rights, so they know the guarantees with that count, and identify the resources that are granted by law.

Sergio Rojas Paul Rodriguez, program coordinator, said that the aim of they know their guarantees fundamental objective the prevention of crimes affecting the overall development of children.

He said the aim of the competition is for children diffusers create spaces for children and adolescents have the opportunity to express and publicize the rights of children in their community. "We prepare children to learn not only their rights but also their duties," he said.

It should be noted that through state DIF 228 scholarships were awarded for a total of 2000 pesos per child, which will be of benefit to families participating in prevention programs of the Office of Child Protection. Department in their programs served a total of 11 thousand 500 children and their families.

For more information we invite you to turn to the program offices located in the Department of Child Protection (IPR) in Coapinole colony.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) –  Fabricio Werdum won the interim heavyweight title when he stopped Mark Hunt in the second round on Saturday night at UFC 180.

Werdum (19-5-1) got off to a slow start, but hit Hunt with a right knee to the face to secure the win in the UFC's debut in Mexico. It was the fifth consecutive victory for the Brazilian fighter.

"I respect Mark Hunt, he hit me hard, but I stayed here a long time in Mexico to win this title, this one is for my family and all of Brazil," Werdum said.

The event was supposed to be a showcase for Cain Velasquez, the Mexican-American champion who has a strong following in Mexico. Instead, the oft-injured Velasquez hurt his right knee and dropped out of his bout against Werdum last month, sending the UFC scrambling for something to show the 21,000 fans who sold out the Arena Cuidad de Mexico in eight hours.

Hunt (10-9-1), a 40-year-old Australian brawler with a history of thrilling fights, got the call from the UFC one month after he stopped Roy Nelson in Japan for his fifth win in seven fights, losing only to former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos in that stretch.

But Hunt was unable to continue his positive stretch.

"I didn't see that one coming," Hunt said of the knee that ended the fight.

Velasquez was part of a sold-out crowd at the raucous Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The Mexican fans, who had waited for years for the UFC to come to their country, sang the Cielito Lindo, a tradition for any big event, and chanted "oles."

Prior to the main event, rising Mexican-American welterweight Kelvin Gastelum (11-0) took care of veteran title contender Jake Ellenberger (29-9) by submission in the first round.

"This is the biggest victory of my career, I*m so happy to get here with all of you guys," an emotional Gastelum said in Spanish. "Viva Mexico, thanks for everything."

In the undercard fights, Mexico City*s Augusto Montano had a strong UFC debut by defeating Chris Heatherly (8-3-0) by TKO in the first round of their welterweight fight. Hector Garcia defeated Edgar Garcia by tapout in the first round, also in the welterweight division. Featherweight Ricardo Lamas also won.

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A man-made waterway was discovered beneath the tomb of Pakal

Archaeologists have discovered a system of underground canals beneath the Temple of Inscriptions in the city of Palenque, Chiapas, a find that puts in doubt a theory that the ancient ruler Pakal flew off in a spaceship after he died.

One particular canal was found under Pakal’s tomb and dates back to the seventh century, according to lead archaeologist Arnoldo González Cruz, who said researchers believe the tomb and the pyramid in which it is housed were purposely built over a spring.

The tunnel carried the spring water to the esplanade in front of the temple and, according to the researchers, would have provided Pakal with a path to the underworld.

The spaceship theory came out of the belief by some researchers that carvings on the stone sarcophagus in which Pakal was buried show him seated at the controls of such a craft. “There is nothing to do with spaceships,” González said in a report by the Associated Press.

In 2012, specialists worried that the soil under the Temple of Inscriptions, or Bʼolon Yej Teʼ Naah, which is classic Maya for “House of the Nine Sharpened Spears,” might contain sinkholes or geologic faults after a geo-radar study identified underground anomalies.

A dig began in front of the temple’s staircase where the archaeologists discovered a section of carefully layered rocks covering what has now been identified as a 17-meter-long man-made canal.

Pakal himself began construction of the temple in the last decade of his 70-year reign, and it was completed by his son and successor, K’inich Kan B’alam II, 10 years later.

Only a small section of the canal system has been yet studied with the aid of a camera mounted on a robot, but the specialists have reported that canals can be found in several orientations and levels.

According to Maya beliefs, after Pakal’s death his body had to be submerged in pure water before Chaak, the god of water and rain, transported him to the netherworld.

The director of archaeology at the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Pedro Sánchez Nava, explained that the theory of waterways as roads to the underworld makes sense when compared with elements from other pre-hispanic cultures.

“An analogy can be made with what was found in the citadel at Teotihuacán,” he said, adding that those cultures gave great importance to water. “In both cases there was a water current present. There is this allegorical meaning for water . . . where the cycle of life begins and ends.”